Awake to a new sunlit day
Filled with an aura of hope
After sleeping off the memories and pain
Of trying to climb a slippery slope.
How I have attempted to claw and arise
Out the valley of hurt and disappointment
And so finally view the aqua-marine sky
And be robed in new hopefulness.
Standing to be washed and bathed
In the shimmering warm sunshine;
Wrapped tightly in the streaming rays
Of gentle hope and peacefulness.
Though the day be filled with tasks
That I must dutifully complete,
I can still stop and rest at long last
In the sunlit blanket of warmth and peace.
So I will hold my head up high
To wonderingly and wistfully gaze
Into the neon blue sky
Of this glorious new day.
And then my heart may be content
By the many sweet blessings
That the Lord has lovingly sent
To instill my soul with peace and harmony.
Days are ever shorter
And gradually cooler;
As a later sun rise
Filters the morning sky.
Clusters of dangling leaves
Still adorned in shades of green
While clinging to their branching vines
Against the tide of passing time.
But then pause, look, and behold:
Vibrant splashes of yellow, orange, and gold.
And a leaf here and there
Silently lets go floating in the air.
The vaulting sky still illuminates radiant sunshine
As if determined to thwart the swiftly encroaching night.
Squirrels and other creatures too scurry to and fro
Gathering acorns and food before that first winter snow.
Days become ever cooler still
Until there is a blowing wintry chill
And all too soon all the once vivid leaves
Loosen their grasp in a blustery breeze
Fluttering downward, carpeting the ground;
Naturally accepting their time had come.
So quietly Autumn exits allowing Winter
To have its season amid this transitioning weather.
But even so with each new passing day,
I will choose to cherish this time that the Lord has made.
The Lord always leads
Me even though I don’t see
His hand holding me.
He does forever
Stay in my heart this moment.
This hour and all day.
Teaching and even
Guiding me in his love while
Sitting high above.
In heaven over
The clouds and the rain reaching
With his outstretched hand.
He holds on never
Letting go while I rest or
Walk this road alone.
Raining sunshine to
Brighten my way so I know
This day he has made.
One morning I awoke just before
The dawn’s gleaming light.
Darkness clung like a thorny blackberry
Briar and I thought, “Lo, it’s still night.”
Then eventually as daylight streamed
I glimpsed the grayish, cloud-filled sky;
How I so wished to see more sun
And watch the glowing orb journey and rise.
How I deeply yearned to be caressed by
Its’ stretching rays of warmth;
Like listening once again to the familiar
Sound of my mother’s soft spoken voice.
The gentleness of her laughter and to
Hear glad-laden words from her lips depart
Would undoubtedly uplift my downturned
Spirit and quicken my beating heart.
How long ago memories do so
Gently prick and needle me
As I rest and remember how
My childhood life used to be.
But lo, I realized with a sudden start
As a new thought occurred and
Did quicken my heart.
The Lord has blessed me with
Another sunshine-filled new day
To cherish it thankfully
And grasp joy along the way.
So, as I gaze upon the dawn’s
Early gleaming light.
I’ll arise, embark on a journey
Letting the Lord be my friend and guide.
A Day in the Sun
Skin; that external organ which covers my entire human body; it cleverly contains some small openings so that I can hear, taste, smell, and see. My skin is pale white and even paler under florescent light. How I sometimes do wish, I wasn’t as white as a fish. Certainly more sunshine would be good for me. Stay outdoors a little more during those sunlit hours and soak more of that sunshine into me; and let it cover my head to my feet. On a bright and beautiful day with the sunlight brightening the way, I did try to take some extra time and venture more outside. I wandered along the county road passing houses, a church, and the new high school. I traveled to a nearby gym, walked on a track, pedaled on an exercise bike, and considered taking a swim. Then I wandered back outside. Back into the glistening and warm sunlight which has brightened the sea blue sky. Deep inside I rejoiced as I felt gladness at this choice of spending this day outside being exposed to nature and the soothing sunshine. I traveled along the road again at a leisurely pace and not really wanting my journey to end; there is no need to race. I heard the wind in the swaying trees and my bare skin was tantalized by the softly flowing breeze. In the spring if I am lucky enough, I might pass by a lilac bush, and oh how its aroma gives my senses such a rush. With the soft touch, my exposed skin feels the flower’s velvety coolness. Happily I tarried along the way not wanting to miss the warmth of this day. For the sun’s reaching, transparent beams have engulfed my arms, my legs, and all of my bare skin from my head to my feet. Feeling satisfied and pleased, I think to myself, “how, I have had some warm sunshine covering me, and soon I’ll have a fine tan: I can’t wait to see.” But lo, oh no that is not what I see. I looked into the mirror and much to my shock and horror; I am now as red as can be with my sunburned skin peeling most embarrassingly. Oh, woe is me!
Hello dear friend, how splendid to see;
Will you have some coffee with me?
Perhaps we can stop in this quaint café
And chat this morning away.
It is such a beautiful morning
With a brilliant sunrise streaking the horizon.
Oh, you are having a cappuccino today?
I think I’ll try a mocha latte.
Yes, I do enjoy the warm coffee
When the autumn air is brisk and chilly.
So what is new with you?
Busy at work? Oh, yes, me too.
While at my job, each day is so different
And quite often it does not go as planned.
Some days are being difficult, you say?
I hope things get better; I will pray.
I must admit that I struggle too
And sometimes I don’t know what to do.
Why do we have to struggle so much?
All seems well then suddenly I’m overwhelmed and rushed.
You sometimes feel that way also?
How do you deal with that? How do you cope?
I worry too much and fret the day away.
Yes, you’re right; I need to pause and pray.
Yes, you’re right again; I need to slow down.
I need to stop, listen to God, and again be calm.
Why yesterday is a perfect example;
I complained about the rain and missed the rainbow.
I saw the arching, colorful bow later on-line;
A photo taken by a friend of mine.
Oh yes, it was too bad that I let myself worry
And then miss a blessing, God had for me.
Today will be different; I promise to try.
I’ll trust God more and enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you dear friend for having coffee with me;
Because of you, I’ve had a wonderful morning.